SOHO W1 | COVENT GARDEN WC2 | HOLBORN WC1 | HAMMERSMITH W6 | NOTTING HILL W8 | GOLDERS GREEN NW11
Don't be fooled by the queues outside Eat Tokyo in Soho - YOU CAN BOOK. What are they all doing?
Anyway, the real reason there's a queue is because the menus there are hilariously long and chaotic, and there are two of them, so it takes a good hour to sort out your order.
But don't worry about that, because you are going to sit down and order the largest "regular-sized" katsu curry (chicken or pork) you have ever seen, for only £7. The bowl is roughly 28cm in diameter, about the size of a big frisbee.
Crucially of course, it's a tasty example of the Japanese curry genre, and you'll probably end up eating more of it than you should.
Alternatively, you could order the monstrous "large" katsu curry for £9 (we're talking Man vs. Food proportions), share it between two, and spend your spare cash on some sushi, gyoza, or mochi ice cream. There's also a vegetarian katsu curry available, for £6.
I can't speak for all of the sites, but the Soho branch is much bigger than it looks from the outside, with lots of nooks and crannies, and they don't hurry you off the table at all. Just remember to book!
Words and photography | Matt Hickman
Soho | 16 Old Compton Street W1D 4TL
Covent Garden | 27 Catherine Street WC2B 5JS
Holborn | 50 Red Lion Street WC1R 4PF
Hammersmith | 169 King Street W6 9JT
Notting Hill | 18 Hillgate Street W8 7SR
Golders Green | 14 North End Road NW11 7PH (branch closed for refurbishment until early July 2016)
Soho & Covent Garden | Mon - Sat 12pm - 11.30pm; Sun 12pm - 10.30pm
Holborn | Mon - Fri 12pm - 3pm & 6pm - 11.30pm; Sat 12pm - 4pm & 5.30pm - 11.30pm; Sun 12pm - 4pm & 5.30pm - 10.30pm
Hammersmith | Mon - Sat 12pm - 3.30pm & 5.30pm - 11.30pm; Sun 5pm - 11pm
Notting Hill | Mon - Sat 12pm - 4pm & 6pm - 11.30pm; Sun 12pm - 4pm & 6pm - 10.30pm
Golders Green | Mon - Fri 11.30pm - 3pm & 5.30pm - 11.30pm; Sat 11.30am - 4pm & 5.30pm - 11.30pm; Sun 11.30am - 10.30pm
Soho | +44 (0)20 7439 9887
Covent Garden | +44 (0)20 3489 1700
Holborn | +44 (0)20 7242 3490
Hammersmith | +44 (0)20 8741 7916
Notting Hill Gate | +44 (0)20 7792 9313
Golders Green | +44 (0)20 8209 0079
Website | eattokyo.co.uk
Last updated | 3rd June 2016